WILKES-BARRE — A judge’s order Friday is expected to clear the way for the city to acquire the site of the former Hotel Sterling from the nonprofit developer CityVest.
The city does not anticipate any challenge by CityVest to the judgment of $569,112, said assistant Wilkes-Barre attorney William Vinsko.
CityVest’s failure to respond to a filing that it appear in court to answer to claims for payment of expenses incurred by the city including the demolition of the landmark structure resulted in a default judgment issued by Judge Michael Vough.
Rather than collect on the judgment, the city will move to obtain the property as soon as possible.
“Our next step is we’re going to proceed with a sheriff’s sale to acquire the property,” Vinsko said.
A call to CityVest’s attorney George Reihner of the Wright & Reihner law firm in Scranton was not immediately returned.